Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook
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Welcome to r/vanderpumprules, a sub for discussing the show Vanderpump rules and its current and former cast members. Stassi's shock humor works for TV, but doesn't translate in writing when she has nothing to comment on except her own opinions.
I’m not the best at it but I’m my best when I’m doing it and I never have to go another day without art — and that is the ultimate bright side. The view in the painting is our view at one of the camp sites — And you know, this is all probably something Stassi would really hate.
It gives you a sense of community and bonds you with strangers in a world that can be pretty isolating and harsh. However, her “embracing your basic-ness” message falls flat after the first chapter as in each subsequent chapter the message is recycled (almost verbatim) and starts to read more like, “embrace who you are no matter what anyone says. I want to make something very clear right off the bat: I am not giving this book one star just because it’s written by a reality TV star. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There’s nothing more boring than people who take themselves too seriously or think you have to be pretentious to be cool.
Stassi Schroeder’s Next Level Basic gets 5 stars because contrary to that assumption, her book somehow survived as a laughable mess. If you want to laugh and enjoy someone being absolutely real with you, then I encourage you to pick up this book.
Millions of Vanderpump Rules viewers and podcast listeners know Stassi Schroeder as a major defender of basic bitch rights. And it's not a parody or a satire, or if it is, it failed, because it didn't make me laugh and it ended up getting so lost in its own joke that it became the joke. Das Buch ist ziemlich groß, aber das Paket ist mindestens dreimal so groß, man kann sich also nicht vorstellen dass darin ein Buch liegt.
I hope you can read this book and not only have a laugh and a little departure from the stresses of your everyday life but also feel like you can relate. I just finished VPR, so I didn't have expectations for this beyond entertainment, but it still managed to underwhelm.What I want is for everyone to embrace whatever they’re into, even if society or their boss or some asshole online says it’s lame. The writing wasn't great but the message of the book was good and it left me feeling more confident when I was done reading it. I have read many of the housewives books and enjoyed them, I felt I at least went deeper into their history and lives. If your perfect day means a Kardashian marathon on the couch with an Aperol Spritz, that doesn’t make you any less cool than the guy who spends his day home with his microbrew, listening to jazz (which sounds boring AF, BTW). This book is not written by the Stassi who once threatened to send an acid-soaked dildo to her enemy, and that’s a real shame.
Any declarative statement in this book is immediately followed by the caveat that if it’s not your thing, that’s fine too! So, you start to gather that this book is about coming into her own as a “strong woman,” and that her unabashed, F-U mentality is her contribution as a role model to women. If you are expecting some life-changing, literary piece of work with this book, then you still don't know who Stassi is.I love her thoughts on relationships, sex, even hookups--how she says women are active participants in romantic relationships, not just there to passively be chased until they "give it up. She made made money off me (I drank the kool-aid and thought this book might be worth it) so I purchased it.